Docent and Intern Program


Share the world of California Art  by volunteering at MMA. Invest your talents, passions, and expertise in the Museum through leading tours, research, public interaction, educational programs, and more. 

Docent Program 


The Monterey Museum of Art’s Docent Program is a volunteer council that works with MMA’s Education Department to provide meaningful educational experiences that engage audiences of all ages and encourages interaction with the art on display at the Museum.

Docents directly support MMA’s mission by interacting with the public, and expanding awareness and appreciation for California Art. Docents provide tours to Museum guests, assist with our school visit program, participate in Free Family Fun Days, and assist with program facilitation.

Becoming a Docent

MMA seeks friendly, articulate, and flexible individuals to share their enthusiasm for art with Museum visitors. No previous experience is required, but applicants must enjoy interacting with the public, be interested in art, and have a willingness to learn. Applicants must be able to make a 2-year commitment to the Docent Program.


  •     Attend the monthly Docent Meetings (First Wednesday of the month, 10:00 am–12:00 pm)
  •     Attend annual Docent Training
  •     Commit a minimum of 2 hours a month to volunteer with Museum guests (Does not include monthly meeting)
  •     Pay for annual Docent dues, and be a current member of MMA (Docent dues: $42 for your first year, $25 for every consecutive year)
  •     Complete a background check through the State of California (cost is covered in your first year Docent dues)
  •     Become proficient in giving tours to adult groups, and visiting K-12 classrooms.
  •     Must have access to a computer and email.


We are currently recruiting for the Docent Program.

Internship Program

The Museum Internship Program at the Monterey Museum of Art provides a valuable educational experience in a professional museum environment for undergraduate students, graduate students, and recent graduates (within one year of graduation). MMA Interns meaningfully contribute to a dynamic, collaborative work environment, and are exposed to best practices in art museums. Students who wish to obtain academic credit for their internship must make their own arrangements with their college or university. Interns are presently unpaid.


General requirements for Museum Internships include:

  •     Excellent organizational, communication, and computer skills
  •     Ability to work independently
  •     Ability to work on multiple tasks at one time
  •     Detail oriented

Requirements for specific Internships are outlined within each Internship description.

Academic Year and Summer Internships

Summer Internships

The Museum Internship Program Summer Session runs from June through August. Participants are required to intern a minimum of four hours per day, 16 hours per week and must complete 80 hours during the course of the summer internship.

Deadline for Summer 2021 Internship Applications: April 15, 2021.

Academic Year Internships

Interns are accepted twice during the year, in a Fall Session taking place from September through early December, and a Spring Session, which runs from February through May. Intern hours are flexible to accommodate class schedules; however, participants are required to intern a minimum of four hours per day, eight hours per week and must complete 90 hours during the internship session.

Deadline for Fall 2021 Internship Applications: June 15, 2021.

Position Descriptions for Internships:


Curatorial Intern duties may include the physical handling of artwork, observing and recording of artwork condition and location, assisting with the physical inventory of artworks in collection storage, responding to research inquiries, digital photography of collection objects, organizing collection and exhibition files, and related data entry in the museum’s EmbARK collections management database. The Intern may also assist the curatorial department with research projects and the processing of changing exhibitions and other tasks as needed.

  •     Major in art, museum studies and/or art history


The Education Department focuses on the Museum’s engagement of children and adults through innovative programs and in-gallery experiences. Education Interns will learn about best practices in Museum Education and the dialogical model of visitor interaction. Education Interns will work with the Manager of Education and Public Engagement to engage children and adults in interactive tours and hands-on art experiences during events such as school tours, Free Family Fun Days, and evening programs.

Additional qualifications for this Internship include:

  •     Major in art, education, museum studies and/or art history
  •     An interest in art education and working with a diverse range of age groups
  •     An ability to work with the public and speak in front of groups


The Events Department is responsible for the development, implementation and coordination of special events for the Monterey Museum of Art. Event Interns will learn the components of an event through logistical planning and hands on experience at events. Event Intern duties may include performing a variety of administrative tasks to fulfill details for an event, set up and break down of events and assisting the Operations Coordinator at events. Additional qualifications for this Internship include:

  •     Major in hospitality studies or related field
  •     Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  •     Detail-oriented and ability to multitask


Additional departments may accept internships based on availability; inquire with for details.

Special Term Internships

The Museum Internship Program periodically offers opportunities in addition to the academic year and summer internships. These internships are for an extended period of time and are focused on a specific project. Inquire with for details.

Application Guidelines

Prospective interns should submit an application, which includes an application form, a résumé/CV, and a cover letter expressing your interest. Selected applicants will then be interviewed and considered for placement based on the needs of the museum as well as the candidate’s interests and experience.

To apply, send all completed application materials to:

Monterey Museum of Art

Attn: Education Department

559 Pacific Street

Monterey, CA 93940